Editorial: Still much to be gained from King
From the 1950s until he was assassinated in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an advocate of equality. Truly, he is known for his activism in the civil rights era, what he did specifically for blacks, but he also should be remembered as one who did so much for all who were economically challenged.
On the day after Aug. 28, 1963, not much press was given to his “dream” speech. In some newspapers, there were just a couple of graphs saying he spoke in Washington.
We believe there is still much to learn from the 1964 Nobel prize winner and his actions. Today, we pause and remember, and reflect on these excerpts from that speech.
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. … The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. …
“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. …
“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: free at last, free at last, great God a-mighty, we are free at last.”